It's been a rough Fall for the stock market - so much so that you should probably carefully review your portfolio and other capital transactions to minimize gains or maximize losses for the year. Remember, capital gains and losses are not just limited to stock transactions. For example, stock losses can offset the gain from the sale of a rental.
In our last piece, we introduced the importance of saving, which is the first of five basics that have served investors well over time. Today, we’ll look at where stock market returns really come from, and why that matters to your investing.
It’s almost Election Day in the US once again. For those who need a brief civics refresher, every two years, the full US House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for reelection. While the outcomes of the elections are uncertain, one thing we can count on is that plenty of opinions and prognostications will be floated in the days to come.
Inflation is seldom a good thing, but when it comes to investing, the U.S. Treasury Department has an inflation opportunity that’s downright amazing. You can buy bonds that pay 9.62 percent interest — tax-deferred — with no downside risk, and with no state or local income taxes when you cash them in.
Just when you thought there were no more financial innovations to be made, a (sort of) new one has been receiving extra attention lately in the financial press: direct indexing. If you’ve read about it, you may be wondering what it is, how it works, and whether you should consider it for your own investments.